Content posted in September 2008
USB in GM automobiles?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/30/2008 Post a comment
Once again, a visitor to Programmable Logic DesignLine asks us to plumb the depths of our collective consciousness...
Sprint lights Baltimore WiMax network
Blog 9/30/2008 Post a comment
Sprint is pricing the service right. The WiMax modem sells for only $50. The cost of entry is way below the cost for the much slower 3G broadband technology offered by mobile service providers today.
Student completes his MP3 project
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment
With the help of the readers of Programmable Logic DesignLine, a student learns about the CRC-7 algorithm used by SD Cards and successfully completes his project.
What power development would you invest in?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment
The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
I never knew that!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/26/2008 Post a comment
Someone just told me the most amazing (incredibly simple) secret that will be of interest and use to almost everyone I know...
Rocket science in the truck industry
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/25/2008 Post a comment
For trucks, for a long time electronics seemed a thing of another world. Now the truck vendors have discovered that they can reduce accidents by electronic controls and assistants
On yer bike!
Blog 9/24/2008 Post a comment
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed Murata Girl, a unicycle-riding robot which uses gyro sensors, Bluetooth and ultra sound to stay upright and move around.
Spain rains on solar market
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 9/24/2008 Post a comment
Global photovoltaic (PV) suppliers are worried about lower demand and oversupply in 2009 as governments contemplate cutbacks in support tariffs for solar energy.
White space clash looks like a long battle
Blog 9/23/2008 Post a comment
In any given market, many channels lay unused and the buffer bands between channels add to the potentially available spectrum. White space proponents see that unused spectrum as a resource that should be leveraged and claim no negative impact of doing so.
Patience is a virtue - I suppose
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/22/2008 Post a comment
New gallium nitride power devices promise performance improvements up to ten times that of existing devices with the main applications including AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, as well as Class D audio.
Magic Sine Waves
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/19/2008 Post a comment
I'm still trying to wrap my poor befuddled brain around all of this, so let me just quote from the executive (read "for those of little brain") summary...
Commentary: Who needs operators?
Blog 9/19/2008 Post a comment
For sure, Hollywood studios, broadcasters and service providers are still the glamour part of the news, and they do indeed exert huge influence over the adoption of specific technology standards. But it dawned on me, while in Amsterdam last week covering the International Broadcast Conference (IBC), this service provider-driven mentality is flawed, and it may be finally fading to black.
Throw hydrogen across the fence, please
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/18/2008 2 comments
When the bigwigs of the automotive industry met this week on their annual FISITA conference, in the attached little expo one could see everything that makes the engineer's (and the automotive addict's) heart beat faster. What was not on display was the answer to the question of tomorrow's fuel.
Time to panic?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/17/2008 3 comments
The headlines are full of frightening financial news. How does it affect you? Here's a hint: you'd better update your resume.
Solar power to the rescue
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 9/17/2008 Post a comment
What's a better solution than nuclear power plants to meet growing energy consumption needs? Solar energy. This means no more oil worries, more disposable income, no more smog, and less global warming,
Sitting in the dark - not quite yet
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/17/2008 Post a comment
This week the European plant engineers' association VGB has urged European Union countries to quickly build new power generation plants to put in an additional 400,000 MW, or half the current total again, by 2020.
1.5 GHz FPGAs shipping now!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/16/2008 1 comment
How exciting! As I pen these words, the folks at Achronix have started to ship their 1.5 GHz FPGAs.
This Week's Main Course
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/15/2008 Post a comment
Don't have the time or budget to travel? A new feature gives you a glance at the courses you might be missing.
More nerdy music
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/14/2008 Post a comment
I thought I had found the nerdiest music video ever, but here's another contender. Enjoy!
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